Seeger, Mike / True Vine
Album: True Vine   Collection:General
Artist:Seeger, Mike   Added:Jun 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-09-08 Pull Date: 2003-11-10 Charts: Country/Bluegrass
Week Ending: Oct 12 Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 21
Airplays: 1 2 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 12, 2021: Traditions (rebroadcast from Mar 29, 2019)
Early in the Spring
4. Aug 11, 2005: I once was canadian
Coo Coo Bird
2. Jun 14, 2019: Traditions
California Cotillion
5. Sep 06, 2004: The Longest Short Song Marathon
Honeycutt's Holler
3. Mar 29, 2019: Traditions
Early in the Spring
6. Sep 06, 2004: Short Song Marathon - Part 3
Honeycutt's Holler

Album Review
Mandy Khoshnevisan
Reviewed 2003-09-25
A collection of unassuming, unpretentious rural folk tunes, trying to be as authentic as possible to the songs in their original states, including the vocals. Most are with banjo or guitar; they’re simple and cheery, even the depressing songs. Most of the time it’s just Seeger playing one instrument with great virtuosity and singing. The liner notes are Smithsonian-style super extensive and even cover which historical or reconstructed instruments Seeger plays on each track, and what tunings they each use. All songs are well-played and sound good; I starred the ones that I happened to like at the time and which seemed quirky and interesting.

1. (1:45) Simple busy, sweet banjo tune. Instrumental.
*2. (2:38) Fast picked guitar, ballad with unconnected verses on a typical topic: a guy trying to find a wife.
3. (2:52) walkin’ tempo strumming, ballad about—a guy encountering a woman; turns into a murder story!
*4. (3:18) midtempo stroll; guitar with picked melody; Instrumental.
5. (1:42) A cappella, one voice; story of rafting in a storm; has kinda a funny end.
6. (0:27) one voice yodeling! “just a-singin’ to myself . . .”
7. (2:13) one voice and jew’s harp. Sounds like a country dance.
*8. (2:11) shaker and breathy pan-style flute (“quills”) and voice. Singing and piping at the same time is nifty. Midtempo jig.
9. (2:45) midtempo banjo and singing.
10. (3:33) banjo; cheerful song about a “spoonful” that seems to be about sex in a vague, quaint, euphemistic way.
11. (3:19) picked banjo and voice; cheerful song about gettin’ into heaven
12. (1:40) instrumental; fast minor-key guitar picking
*13. (2:33) has a really cool sound, almost chinese; played on a three-string lap dulcimer, busy picking and cheery vocals
14. (3:14) wistful quick strolling guitar strums and a story ballad about untrue love
15. (3:14) strolling guitar picking with a pretty familiar tune; plaintive lyrics about escaping on a freight train
16. (2:08) instrumental waltz played on fiddle and harmonica
17. (4:06) harmonica and fiddle and vocals; wailing lament to a girl slipping into prostitution, basically, I think
*18. (1:39) raw dancing fiddle tune (the fiddle is strung with banjo strings, FYI)
19. (1:57) pretty skipping waltz on harmonica
*20. (7:01) plucky rolling banjo, tragic ballad about a carpenter boy and a ship called the Golden Willow Tree (exact same story and really similar words, but different tune, from a song called the Golden Vanity)
*21. (2:36) bell-like instrumental played on—an autoharp! An old-fashioned Spanish sound.
22. (3:04) strummy autoharp! And a story about a guy trying to find a girl who doesn’t just love his money.
*23. (3:15) strummy autoharp and “quills” (the pan pipe sound) and vocals; triumphant sounding
----reviewed by mandy (la chanteuse)

Track Listing
1. Breaking Up Ice in Allegheny   12. When Sorrows Encompass Me Rd
2. Coo Coo Bird   13. Calico
3. Johnson Jinkson   14. Early in the Spring
4. Little Rabbit, Where's Your   15. Freight Train
5. The Raftsman's Song   16. Goodbye, My Little Darling
6. Honeycutt's Holler   17. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
7. Did You Ever See the Devil   18. I'm Gonna Go Huntin' for the
8. Blow the Horn, Blow   19. Granddad Jim's Waltz
9. Old Man   20. The Golden Willow Tree
10. Spoonful   21. California Cotillion
11. Shouting in Jerusalem   22. Young Johnnie
  23. Sail Away Ladies